Changes are on the way for Alberta Paramedics. They will be switching from the Health Disciplines Act to the Health Professional Act. Spokesperson Darren Sandbeck, tells the Alberta Morning News, this will give them more leeway in what they do .
Sandbeck adds the change also allows community care paramedics to conduct more medical tests in a patient’s home and provide medication to a patient until they can get to their community pharmacy.
The new regulation also allows paramedics to collaborate and work directly with nurse practitioners, an example is the ability for paramedics to conduct a blood test right on the spot to get an instant analysis.